After Gronkowski injury, here's what you need to know about concussions

Rob Gronkowski suffered a concussion in the AFC Championship game

The diagnosis: Concussion.

Here are a few things you need to know about concussions and why they keep making headlines.

Let’s get to the important point: Will Gronkowski be able to play in the “Big Game”?

Given this -– and the fact that limited information has been made public regarding the severity of Gronkowski’s concussion –- it is possible, though not certain, that all of Gronkowski’s symptoms will have cleared up in time for the Super Bowl.

The presence of any symptoms of concussions is generally seen as a reason not to allow a player to take the field. But we are already seeing some reports that are optimistic regarding his ability to play in the Super Bowl.

What exactly is a concussion?

What are the most concerning symptoms after a concussion?

According to the CDC, you should contact your health care professional or emergency department right away if you experience these danger signs after a bump, blow, or jolt to your head or body:

Also, if you witness the following symptoms in anyone you suspect of having had a concussion, take them to an emergency department right away:

-- Look very drowsy or cannot wake up-- Have one pupil (the black part in the middle of the eye) larger than the other-- Have convulsions or seizures-- Cannot recognize people or places-- Becoming more and more confused, restless or agitated-- Have unusual behavior-- Lose consciousness

What’s all this talk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)?

A recent study from the same group found that repetitive hits, even those that do not result in a concussion, might still lead to the development of CTE.

There is quite a bit of research into CTE, like looking into prevention, diagnosis and treatment options.

The NFL has five steps in place before players can return to the field after a concussion.

Where can I go for more information on football and head injuries?

Check out the NFL-sponsored website https://www.playsmartplaysafe.com/ for more information on player safety and protection.

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